Tag Archives: James Ryan

Maitland mayor responds to Cessnock councillor’s criticism of city

By NICK BIELBY Sept. 27, 2015, 3:41 p.m. IRE RAISED: Maitland mayor Peter Blackmore says he has little regard for the negative opinions of Cessnock councillor James Ryan. A Cessnock councillor who called Maitland “the saddest place in the Hunter” should stick to his side of the local government area boundary, the mayor of Maitland says. Cr James Ryan told

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Cessnock councillor slams Maitland as “the saddest place in the Hunter”

Sept. 25, 2015, 10:20 p.m by Damon Cronshaw, Newcastle Herald MAITLAND’s urban sprawl, rampant consumerism and car-reliant culture made it the “saddest place in the Hunter”, Cessnock councillor James Ryan says. Cr Ryan, a Greens member, railed against Maitland’s shopping-mall culture and McMansions with small backyards and few trees. He was not aiming to criticise Maitland’s people or personalities, but

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The secret service: local councils acting as global consultants

from Joanne McCarthy and the Newcastle Herald   HUNTER Councils has morphed from being a local government body acting as the ‘‘Voice of the Hunter’’ to a secretive organisation advising foreign countries about the ‘‘restructure of national government’’. Alarm bells are ringing after a restructure that turned Hunter Councils Ltd into Strategic Services Australia, a company with the region’s general

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ICAC interviews Hunter residents over Huntlee development near Branxton

Very good to see ICAC investigating this planning debacle.  The public deserves a full explanation of how a project aiming to place 20,000 people in urban sprawl, nowhere near jobs and which will clear endangered bushland, came to be approved in the first place. James Ryan ICAC interviews Hunter residents over Huntlee development near Branxton By JOANNE McCARTHY Feb. 12,

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Court challenge to overturn HEZ development approval

from ABC Newcastle Posted Tue 3 Feb 2015, 11:33am PHOTO: Friends of Tumblebee said the steel fabrication plant will have a disastrous impact on the critically endangered bird, the Regent Honeyeater. (Friends of Tumblebee) MAP: Kurri Kurri 2327 A dispute over the approval of an industrial development in the Hunter Valley heads back to the Land and Environment Court today.

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Cessnock residents catch the “last train” to Newcastle Statio

On Friday 19th December a  group of Cessnock residents caught a symbolic ‘last train” to Newcastle Station. The NSW Government will ‘truncate’ the service after Christmas Day and no trains will travel to Newcastle Station after that then. Beginning by catching a bus in Cessnock  to Maitland Railway Station (passenger train services to Cessnock ceased in 1972)  and then a

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